[the FINE Doheny copy] New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1911. 1 preliminary page + 4 pp undated ads. Original red cloth.
First Edition of Edith Wharton's best-known book, a grim novella sited on a bleak Massachusetts farm. "As in THE HOUSE OF MIRTH, the central problem is that of the barriers imposed by local convention upon an individual whose happiness depends on rising above them" [OCAL].~This copy's leaves have a gilt top edge, and the word "wearily" is printed properly at the bottom of p. 135. Both the 2500 copies with gilt top edge and the 3500 copies with plain top edge appear with this word both perfect and battered: since it is generally assumed that "wearily" became battered during the 6000-copy print run, one cannot assume that the copies with gilt top edge were printed or issued earlier than the copies with plain top edge.~In any event, this is a remarkably fine, bright copy, without soil or wear. Garrison A19.1.a. Provenance: bookplates of Howard De Forest and of Estelle Doheny. Housed in a morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. Item #13591